For the third straight summer P.J. Hairston name has been tied to legal issues. It was reported earlier this week that Hairston was cited back on June 18 for driving with a revoked license, speeding, driving length of the center line and driving on expired tags. Hairston isn’t really worried about the most recent issues and claims it’s all just a big mix up.
“It’s just a misunderstanding of the court system. What happened was true, I got pulled over, my license was suspended. Davie County, it was a ticket that I got, actually on my birthday. When I got the ticket, I paid for the ticket and got the receipt back. But Davie County failed to reinstate my license. My financial advisor drove himself, with the receipt that I had paid the ticket and gave it to Davie County. I had to wait for them to reinstate my license and when they reinstated it, my license is valid, I have a good license now. My truck has been inspected; I paid all my property taxes for my truck, so everything is fine. It’s just a big mix up in the media and there is a false message going around Twitter about me. It is what it is, people just want something to talk about.”
Hairston was asked by Rick Bonnell, of the Charlotte Observer, about the speeding portion of the citation which left Hairston confused.
“No, it was for my tags, it was for my tags and the police officer asked me, did you know they were expired and I said no. He said, yeah, they expired two weeks ago, so that day, I switched trucks with my financial advisor and he took my truck and took it in to get inspected. Everything is clear now, it was just a mix up. Everyone is just now finding out about it and now it’s starting to be out as news. But honestly, it really isn’t news.”
Hairston is entering his second season with the Charlotte Hornets and averaged 5.6 points per game in limited action during his rookie season. If he’s about to stay clean off the court, Hairston could have a bigger role this season providing some fire power off the bench.